LONDON – October 1, 2019 - The Legal 500 law firm rankings have recognised Brown Rudnick’s recent successes in the United Kingdom, ranking the firm in 11 different categories.

In this most recent edition, Mark Dorff, Neil Micklethwaite, Mark Beardsworth, Jane Colston, and Peter Bibby were named as Leading Individuals.  Chloe Pawson-Pounds was listed as a Next-Generation Partner, and Gerald Byrne as a Rising Star. We would like to congratulate the lawyers named for their recent successes.

Published annually, The Legal 500 rankings highlight the practice area teams and practitioners that provide the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from clients worldwide as well as interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

Complete rankings for The Legal 500 are available on their website. Congratulations to the following attorneys named in this year's Legal 500 rankings:

  • M&A smaller deals up to £50m -Tier 1
    • Philip Watkins,
    • Mark Dorff


  • Venture Capital - Tier 3
    • Mark Dorff - Leading Individual


  • Financial Services: Contentious - Tier 2
    • Peter Bibby - Leading Individual (Hall of Fame)
    • Chloe Pawson-Pounds - Next Generation Partner


  • Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime – Tier 2
    • Mark Beardsworth
    • Jamie Symington
    • Anupreet Amole


  • Crime: General - Tier 4
    • Mark Beardsworth


  • Fraud: Civil - Tier 2
    • Neil Micklethwaite
    • Neill Shrimpton
    • Jane Colston - Leading Individual


  • Fraud: White Collar Crime - Tier 1
    • Mark Beardsworth - Leading Individual
    • Jamie Symington
    • Anupreet Amole


  • Banking Litigation: Investment & Retail - Tier 4
    • Neil Micklethwaite
    • Neill Shrimpton
    • Jane Colston - Leading Individual
    • Christian Toms
    • Nicholas Tse
    • Gerald Byrne - Rising Star


  • Commercial Litigation - Tier 5
    • Neil Micklethwaite - Leading Individual
    • Neill Shrimpton
    • Nicholas Tse
    • Jane Colston
    • Christian Toms
    • Olga Bischof
    • Gerald Byrne


  • Intellectual Property - Tier 6
    • Mark Lubbock
    • Steven James


  • Property Finance - Tier 6
    • Tuvi Keinan
    • Louisa Watt


M&A smaller deals up to £50m - Tier 1

Brown Rudnick LLP covers a full range of domestic and international M&A work. Industry experience includes sectors such as real estate and pharmaceuticals, with cross-border aspects managed across the firm's US, London and Paris offices, as well as via a group of preferred firms across Europe. The firm boosted its practice with the hire of Philip Watkins from Katten, with Mark Dorff leading the team. Dorff is also an active practitioner in the family team.

Venture Capital  - Tier 3

Working closely with practitioners from the firm's IP and commercial teams, as well as being able to leverage the experience of lawyers based in the US, Brown Rudnick LLP is particularly well versed in representing investors and investees in the life sciences, technology and cleantech fields across the investment lifecycle. Dual US- and UK-qualified team head Mark Dorff has a longstanding reputation in the venture capital space, particularly in relation to cross-border mandates. Sophie McGrath joined Goodwin in November 2018.

Financial Services: Contentious - Tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP advises on financial regulatory enforcement, individual liability and the potential impact of the The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) on enforcement. The firm boasts former in-house experience from the former Financial Services Authority (FSA) and its successor the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), as well as experience advising firms and individuals on the requirements of FSMA and regulators’ rules. Former head of enforcement at the FSA, Peter Bibby, leads the practice and acts for a wide range of institutions and senior individuals including banks, asset managers, insurance intermediaries and brokers. He can call on the experience of Chloe Pawson-Pounds, who focuses on FCA matters and represents clients through all stages of investigation and enforcement. Also notable is Jamie Symington, who joined from the FCA in 2018 and specialises in advising clients on compliance issues.

Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime - Tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP advises clients on criminal investigations, internal investigations, enforcement issues, risk management, general advisory work and contentious regulatory matters. The firm has a particular focus on financial regulation and is adept at handling cases by the FCA and SFO. Other areas of experience include anti-bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, economic sanctions and cyber security. Head of team Mark Beardsworth is experienced in advising corporates in many sectors, including financial services, industrial manufacturing, hospitality and insurance. Jamie Symington joined as a partner from the FCA and Anupreet Amole was promoted to partner.

Crime: General - Tier 4

Mark Beardsworth leads Brown Rudnick LLP's general crime team, which has a solid track record of handling cases of tax fraud, money laundering, sexual assault and historic child sex abuse, to name a few areas.

Fraud: Civil - Tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP handles various fraud and regulatory matters relating to cross-border joint ventures, money laundering and confiscation proceedings, among others. The firm regularly advises on cases that involve multiple jurisdictions including the US, MENA, offshore, as well as Russia and CIS countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The team is co-led by Neil Micklethwaite and Neill Shrimpton, while the 'extraordinarily strategic' Jane Colston is recommended for her experience in high-value fraud and commercial banking disputes.

Fraud: White Collar Crime - Tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP is adept at advising high profile clients in criminal investigations. Head of team Mark Beardsworth acts for clients under investigation by the SFO and HMRC. Tom Epps frequently advises senior individuals caught up in international investigations. Areas of experience for the firm include banking investigations, multijurisdictional money laundering investigations and fraud investigations. The firm also advises on fraud, corruption, bribery and cyber security. Jamie Symington joined as partner from the FCA. Anupreet Amole was promoted to partner.

Banking Litigation: Investment & Retail - Tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP's large, conflict-free team regularly acts in bet-the- company disputes that frequently span multiple jurisdictions, particularly work arising from offshore jurisdictions, the Middle East and North Africa, and it has acted for various senior individuals in LIBOR investigations. Neil Micklethwaite is dispute resolution managing director and Neill Shrimpton is international litigation practice group leader. Also highly regarded are Jane Colston, Christian Toms, and Nicholas Tse who divides his time between London and Paris. Gerald Byrne is a key counsel.

Commercial Litigation - Tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP's large London-based dispute resolution group spans cross-border civil fraud, criminal and regulatory work and regularly handles complex financial, real estate, IP and other commercial disputes.  The firm is able to litigate against banks without conflicts as well as advising major multinationals. Neil Micklethwaite is global dispute resolution managing director, Neill Shrimpton is London litigation head and Nicholas Tse, who divides his time between the London and Paris offices, heads the worldwide international arbitration team. The other names to note are Jane Colston, Christian Toms, Olga Bischof and counsel Gerald Byrne.

Intellectual Property - Tier 6

Brown Rudnick LLP's team assists clients with a range of matters encompassing strategic commercial advice and disputes. Mark Lubbock has particular experience in the life sciences, IT, hotel, gaming and leisure sectors, while Steven James focuses on new technologies and innovation, predominantly in the financial services, technology and media spaces. Former practice head Alexander Carter-Silk joined Keystone Law with associate Claire Blewett.

Property Finance - Tier 6

Brown Rudnick LLP regularly advises on complex, cross-border property finance transactions; the team has particular experience in handling the acquisition and sale of loan portfolios, especially in Europe. The firm’s client base includes large investment funds, financial institutions, real estate developers and a number of family offices. The team is jointly led by Tuvi Keinan and Louisa Watt.

About Brown Rudnick LLP

At Brown Rudnick, we combine ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients. We deliver partner-driven service; we incentivise our lawyers to collaborate in the client’s best interest; and we put excellence before scale, focusing on practices such as life sciences, corporate restructuring, M&A, white collar defence, international disputes and intellectual property, where we are recognised leaders. We have more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals across the United States and Europe, with offices in key financial centres. Beyond the United States and Europe, we serve clients in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

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